Chairman Roger Coles of the Board of Directors of the World Leisure Organization. (Photo courtesy of the executive committee of 2020 World Leisure Conference)
Beijing released its mascot for the 2020 World Leisure Conference, a pink smiling monkey wearing a peach-leave scarf, at the opening ceremony of the 3rd China (Beijing) Leisure Conference held in Pinggu on October 25.
The monkey is named Taotao, meaning peach in Mandarin, and resembles a stone monkey carving unearthed at the Shangzhai Neolithic sites in Pinggu dating back 6,000 years.
As venue of the 2020 World Leisure Conference, Pinggu, known as the home of top-notch peaches in China, offers visitors picturesque scenery, sound ecology and time-honored culture.
"Beijing has rich culture and long history and Pinggu district is famous for its ecological environment," said Chairman Roger Coles of the Board of Directors of the World Leisure Organization at the opening ceremony. "I believe the world leisure conference next year will show to the world the charm and elegance of China's leisure culture."
The 3rd China (Beijing) Leisure Conference also launched the Golden Leaf Awards to be presented at next year's conference. The conference organizing committee will solicit leisure lifestyle cases from around the world and give awards next July to the top 10 best conveying a concept of a leisure and healthy lifestyle.
This year's Beijing leisure conference included a leisure industry expo and three parallel sessions and was organized by the China Tourism Association, Beijing Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism and Pinggu district government.
Taotao, mascot of the 2020 World Leisure Conference. (Photo by Guo Xiaohong / China.org.cn)